Danvers' 40th summer celebration kicks off Friday

File photoDodie Marshall of Danvers fills her plate at the Danvers Family Festival Big Pig-Out Barbecue last year. The event, Friday at Endicott Park, kicks off this year's festival. 

DANVERS — For one town, summer isn’t complete without an annual celebration.

Entering its 40th year, Danvers Family Festival kicks off Friday.

Keeping to its theme of “Be a Part of It,” the family festival welcomes everyone to participate in more than 30 family-friendly events over the next three weeks. 

Sheryl James, who chairs the Danvers Family Festival board, is looking forward to Friday’s Big Pig-Out Barbecue, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Endicott Park, where an entire pig will be roasted on site. There will also be music and a beer truck.

“I love the mixture of events we have,” James said. “It touches upon each generation and is a time we can all be together.”

Movie Night at the Art Association is also on Friday, at 7 p.m. at the Danvers Art Association on Elliott Street.

Saturday, the Rebecca Nurse Homestead hosts its eighth annual Gala Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the property, 149 Pine St. Showcasing period-style lawn games, music and their famous strawberry shortcake, this year’s 1919 Vintage Lawn Party and Open House takes you back in time and includes the original entrance fee of 25 cents.

Next week, Food-Truckin’ Night rolls back into Endicott Park on Wednesday, June 19, from 4 to 8 p.m. A new addition last year, the event welcomes the public to sample treats from a variety of New England’s favorite food trucks and enjoy live music, lawn games and raffles. The event was introduced by Sheri Trocchi and Nancy Laughlin to support their participation in the Pan-Mass Challenge, and all proceeds go to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.  

Over the following weeks, enjoy the town’s annual History, Harmony and Hot Dogs event on Monday, June 24, at Glen Magna Farms, swing by the Family Concert on Tuesday, June 25, at the Danvers Library Pavilion on Sylvan Street or head to Plains Park on Conant Street on Saturday, June 29, for the Danvers Field Day and Scoop-Ahhh Bowl. 

For the last 15 years, James has served on the board of directors for Danvers Family Festival. In order for it to continue, she urges community members to become more involved in the event.

For a complete list of events, visit www.danversfamilyfestival.com.

Staff writer Alyse Diamantides can be reached at 978-338-2660 or adiamantides@salemnews.com.

Danvers Family Festival 2019 highlights

Big Pig Out Barbecue, Friday, June 14, 6 to 9 p.m., Endicott Park, 57 Forest St. Tickets are $25 and available at www.eventbrite.com.

 Movie Night at the Art Association, Friday, June 14, 7 to 10 p.m., Danvers Art Association, 105 Elliott St. Call 978-777-8501 for details. 

Gala Day 1919 Lawn Party and Open House, Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Rebecca Nurse Homestead, 149 Pine St. Admission is 25 cents. Contact Candice Dawes at 978-774-8799 or info@rebeccanurse.org for details.​

Food Truckin' Night, Wednesday, June 19, 4 to 8 p.m., Endicott Park, 57 Forest St. Contact Nancy Laughlin at nglaughlin@hotmail.com or Sheri Trocchi at strocchi@att.net​.

Endicott Park Day, Saturday, June 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Endicott Park, 57 Forest St. Family activities. Contact Sheryl James, 978-335-3484 or hungrycater@gmail.com​.

History, Harmony & Hot Dogs, Monday, June 24, 5 to 8 p.m., Glen Magna Farms, 29 Ingersoll St. Live music, hot dogs, ice cream. Contact Danvers Historical Society at 978-777-1666 for details. 

Oldies Night, Wednesday, June 26, 6 to 9 p.m. 1 Maple St. Musical street fair in Danvers Square. Contact Scott James, sjames1776@gmail.com.

Danvers Field Day and Scoop-Ahh Bowl, Saturday, June 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Plains Park, 55 Conant St. Field games and events, entertainment, ice cream. Contact: Karen Hanson, 617-590-6100.


Full schedule at www.danversfamilyfestival.com.